Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Indian sailor rescued after yacht damaged in round-the-world race

Indian sailor rescued after yacht damaged in round-the-world race

"Commander Abhilash Tomy KC of the Indian Navy, representing India in the Golden Globe Race 2018 (GGR) on an indigenously built sailing vessel "Thuriya" was dismasted and suffered a back injury yesterday". Tomy will then be brought on board Australian Naval ship HMAS Ballarat.

Abhilash Tomy's boat Thuriya lost its mast during a storm as he took part of the round-the-world solo Golden Globe yacht race.

"Indian Naval Defence Attache' in Australia camping in regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC)", Sharma wrote in a tweet.

Abhilash Tomy was rescued by a French fishing vessel, Osiris, on Monday after an worldwide effort was launched when a storm rolled his boat 360 degrees during the Golden Globe race on Friday. I am waiting for a phone call from the ship. INS Satpura will take him to Mauritius for medical attention.

On Sunday, Indian Navy's P-8I aircraft sighted SV Thuriya at 7.50am.

Top Navy officers and Commander Tomy's mentor speak about his courage and determination.

Organizers said in the post that Tomy was able to tell them via text message that he heard the airplane fly by.

Even on Monday, it played a prominent role in the rescue operation of Indian Navy officer, Commander Abhilash Tomy.

Abhilash Tomy after his rescue
Abhilash Tomy after his rescue

A solo Indian sailor adrift at sea thousands of kilometres (miles) from dry land with a serious back injury was safely rescued from his stricken yacht Monday after an worldwide search effort.

He later sent messages confirming he'd activated his EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), but was unable to walk and "might need a stretcher".

Mr Tomy will be transported to Ile Amsterdam, a tiny island in the southern Indian Ocean which has a small hospital but no airport big enough to take a fixed-wing aircraft.

Tomy is the only Indian to complete a solo circumnavigation around the world in a boat in 2013.

Australia Sunday joined an worldwide mission to rescue an injured Indian sailor stranded in the Indian Ocean while competing in the round-the-world Golden Globe Race.

Before the accident, Tomy was in the third position among 11 worldwide participants and had sailed over 10,500 nautical miles since the race began on July 1. Entrants can sail using yachts and equipment that were available when Sir Robin Knox-Johnston raced in 1968-69.

McGuckin, at the time of Tomy's rescue, was still some 25 nautical miles away from Thuriya, and 1,900 miles from Perth, and-with a broken set of sticks and contaminated fuel, made the wise decision to also request a controlled evacuation.

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